Just the thought of them makes your jawbone ache: those turkey dinners, those holidays with the air around the woodstove baked to a stupor, and Aunt Lil's tablecloth stained by her girlhood's gravy. A doggy wordless wisdom whimpers from your uncles' collected eyes; their very jokes creak with genetic sorrow, a strain of common heritage that hurts the gut.
Sheer boredom and fascination! A spidering of chromosomes webs even the infants in and holds us fast around the spread of rotting food, of too-sweet pie. The cousins buzz, the nephews crawl; to love one's self is to love them all.